Yoga Wear: Organic vs. Non-Organic

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When considering different organic yoga clothing brands, it’s easy to get a bit jaded by terms like “holistic,” “mindful,” “sustainable,” and “organic.” To our skeptical minds, these terms often sound like marketing ploys. So why should you concern yourself with whether or not your clothing is “organic”?

Organic yoga clothing is better for the environment.

When it comes to cotton – which is what most people are referring to when they talk about organic clothing – the term “organic” is not a marketing ploy. Certified organic cotton must meet a number of stringent requirements that make it substantially better for the environment than regular cotton.

The process of farming cotton is quite polluting and may people do not know that. While cotton only makes up 3% of the world’s crops, it uses 25% of the world’s insecticides and 10% of the world’s pesticides. It also takes a huge amount of water to grow and requires chemical fertilizers, all of which can have a devastating effect on the environment.

Organic cotton is grown without any pesticides or insecticides using natural fertilizer, much less water, and sustainable farming practices like crop rotation.

Organic clothing is better for farmers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 20,000 deaths are caused every year by pesticide poisoning in developing countries. In the US alone, over 10,000 farmers die every year from cancers related to farming chemical exposure. Removing those chemicals can help save lives.

Organic clothing is better for wildlife.

WHO also estimates that 67 million birds are unintentionally killed by pesticides every year in the US alone.

Organic yoga wear is better for you!

If you suffer from sensitive skin or allergies – which are becoming increasingly common – your clothing might be one of the factors affecting your condition. Many people who switch to organic cotton clothing find that their skin is calmer because the material is never treated with chemicals.

Organic yoga clothing is also more durable. Most organic cotton clothing is also sustainable, meaning that it is made using sustainable farming and manufacturing practices and built to last. Unlike fast fashion – which has led to consumers buying 60% more clothing over the last 16 years and only wearing it half as long – sustainable, organic clothing is designed so that consumers can buy less clothing and wear it for longer.

If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, hopefully you’re starting to bring the tenants of yoga out of the classroom and into your everyday life. One simple way that you can do that is being mindful about what you put on your body. Buy better. Buy organic.

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